US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the Trump administration was imposing sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who had delivered gasoline to Venezuela.
A member of Iran’s Expediency Council said the country has received money from Venezuela for selling gasoline with five oil tankers.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday thanked the crew of five Iranian tankers after delivering much-needed fuel and refining components to Venezuela last month.
Two Iranian tankers that delivered fuel to Venezuela as part of a five-vessel flotilla have begun to sail back, according to Refinitiv Eikon.
Fuel shipped from Iran began arriving at gasoline stations in Venezuela on Saturday, just hours before President Nicolas Maduro announced higher prices at the pump that are set to end more than two decades of almost-free gasoline.
Venezuela Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami thanked Iran on Monday for sending fuel, additives, and spare parts to increase fuel distribution and boost refinery output.
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed fuel and oil products to Venezuela moored at Venezuela’s El Palito refinery in defiance of US sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US not to make the mistake of creating trouble for the Iranian oil tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the United States against deploying its navy in the Caribbean to disrupt Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela.
Energy production in the US last year exceeded consumption for the first time in 62 years, according to a statement by the country's Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday.